All across the world, buildings and other natural landmarks look like letters of the alphabet and numbers from a bird's eye view. So what does your neighborhood look like from above? Have you ever looked at it on Google Earth?
I've shown you some pretty amazing things on Google Earth before. But now, if you've spotted any buildings or natural landmarks that look like letters, you could be part of a special Google Earth project.
Designer Benedikt Grob and geographer Joey Lee originally started the project on Kickstarter, and it aims to "develop the smartest and robust letterform detection and classification algorithm."
Aerial Bold is the first map and typeface of the earth. The project is literally about "reading" the earth for letterforms, or alphabet shapes, "written" into the topology of buildings, roads, rivers, trees, and lakes. To do this, we will traverse the entire planet's worth of satellite imagery and develop the tools and methods necessary to map these features hiding in plain sight.
The project also aims to develop a software system to help with visual search. For example, you could find a business via Google Street View because the software could match the letters and words on the photos - all thanks to you and the Aerial Bold campaign!